Cartoonist or Terrorist ?

In the recent times, some politicians and political parties have taken Cartoons very seriously. Instead of getting the message from them they are dragging the cartoonists to the court of law.

Politicians somehow seem to be reacting impatiently towards criticisms and while  most of the parties talk about democracy and secularism , they seem to be hating democratic rights of  other citizens.

The fact is , columnists ,journalists and even cartoonists working under the banner of big media houses can never be questioned but if it is a commoner (like in case of Mamata Banerjee cartoon row and Aseem Trivedi who supports Anna’s India Against Corruption Movement)the administration leaves no stones un-turned to teach the commoner a lesson for lifetime.

Suddenly,everyone has a problem with cartoons and cartoonists. But why ? There are hundreds of aggressive (and factual) articles on newspapers everyday condemning , criticizing and/or attacking the administration and tens of live chat-shows accusing and debating on current political issues. Why are they not questioned if cartoons and cartoonists are ?

 

Happy 66th Independence Day, India!

Wishing Happy 65th Independence day to all the Indians,throughout the  nation and worldwide ! While, we got Independence from the foreign rule 65 years back, thanks to all who made efforts to allow us breathe free,we  should also thank the East India Company or the British who had made colonies in this sub-continent and treated all of us as ONE,as SLAVES, as EQUAL. That gave us a reason to unite , form a country and fight and win our freedom.

Today, when our own people are the administrators, almost all of them have preferred dividing us on the basis of states,language,religion and caste. We gladly accepted that because that is a fact again. But how many of us reminds himself/herself that our real identity is known outside our territory. To the British , we all were slaves speaking different languages and following different beliefs.The nation fought against the slavery and now we are not only free but also (thankfully) a country. But now we have a problem, problem with eachother’s language,caste,belief , faith,skin and God knows how many classifications,I am still missing.

Some intellectuals would blame the leaders who classified us, pre and post Independence , into religious and caste specific  groups.Indeed! they did. We allowed them to and that is why they did classify us as brahmins, shias,harijans,marathis,south Indians , north Indians and north-easterns! That is why,without a debate, a statement which always revolves around my brains is – Had we got the Freedom out of blood-shed, we would have better respected our Independence and Identity as Indians.

Today,the reason we need to reunite is to avoid further exploitation of all of us by few powerful(whom we ,ourselves  gave the power )leaders, be political or spiritual.The moment we try to classify any other Indian , in the name of state,caste,religion , skin and language , we should recall , prior to independence all of us had only one identity and that was of  SLAVES and post independence only one identity and that is INDIANS.

Happy Independence Day!

Jai Hind!

Hindustan Zindabad!

Water Precious Water !

Such is the scarcity of drinkable water ? About half of Yamuna River is dead and contaminated badly ? Ground Water is getting exhausted and contaminated by factories to save expenses ? Governments, as usual, are busy saving or procuring seats on state and centre level  and we are, as usual, habituated of not thinking beyond problems of or own lives. Factory and sewage wastes are getting dumped in the same river (without being properly processed) which we consider holy and we  are speechless about it because we ourselves are the participant of  the crime in someway or the other, busy blaming our governments.  The level of risk and scarcity of pure water is slowly rising and before we realize , may be , in another decade or two, we may pay equal price for petrol and water, as rightly pointed out By Aamir Khan on Satyamev Jayate’s 12th show. It was about drinkable water – the scarcity of it in our country, the wastage and destruction of pure water resources and also about harvesting rain water ! This was, as usual, another very informative and educating episode, like all other previous episodes of Satyamev Jayate !

Hats Off to Aamir Khan for initiating talks about real concerns of our society beyond our individual and family issues which matter so much !

Satyamev Jayate Water Issue Details

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